David Cameron: 'Son's death almost made me quit politics'

Monday April 12, 2010

Conservative leader David Cameron has revealed his son's recent death almost made him give up politics.

In a candid interview for ITV1's Tonight: Spotlight on the Leaders, the politician said that the loss of Ivan, who was born with a rare condition that caused epilepsy and prevented him developing, was "very tough" - and made him question the future.

Asked if he felt like "packing it all in" after Ivan's death aged just six, Mr Cameron said: 'Yeah, to start with I thought, 'To hell with everything'".

"You do, it's just such a shock you can't really come to terms with it to start with," he says.

"But, bit by bit, you start to think, 'Well, I need to get on with my life'. And to me my life is politics, it's public service, it's what I do, it's being a Member of Parliament, it's wanting to make a difference. That's what I want to do."

The interview with David, whose wife Samantha is expecting their fourth child, can be seen on ITV at 8pm on Monday.

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